Sports pitch project helps youngsters to get in shape

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Work has started on a £90,000 sports pitch for youngsters in a Sheffield neighbourhood.

The multi-use games area is being created at Hollinsend Park, on Ridgway Road, by the Friends of Hollinsend Park and Sheffield Council, on the site of two derelict tennis courts.

Damaged fencing will be replaced by , while the pitch will be resurfaced and marked out for basketball, mini soccer and cricket practice.

A leylandii hedge will be replaced trees and bushes because of concerns its roots could undermine the pitch.

Seating is being installed and the court will be made wheelchair-accessible.

Funding for the project is coming from landfill credits paid by Viridor and Veolia and also through the Landfill Communities Fund.

John Dawson, chairman of the Friends of Hollinsend Park, said: “The project will provide the community with a facility which will improve health and wellbeing.”